"Yerba Buena Center for the Arts" tag

Akram Khan – Kaash – San Francisco

In Khan’s choreography, kathak’s warp-speed spins and fierce gestures are immediately recognizable yet subverted and sculpted by contemporary weightedness and extended lines.

Jeffrey Van Sciver and Courtney Henry perform with singer Lisa Fischer in The Propelled Heart.© Quinn B. Wharton. (Click image for larger version)

Alonzo King LINES Ballet – The Propelled Heart – San Francisco

The Propelled Heart is a full-immersion experience, a wading into the waters of dance as a spiritual practice.

Sankai Juku in Umusuna.© Laurent Phillipe. (Click image for larger version)

Sankai Juku – Umusuna – San Francisco

There was much talk of spiritual awakening as the audience filed out of the YBCA Theater on Friday evening, after the opening performance of Sankai Juku’s Umusuna.

Vivian Aragon, Michael Galloway and Tegan Schwab in promotional shot for The Luminous Edge.© RJ Muna. (Click image for larger version)

Garrett + Moulton Dance – The Luminous Edge – San Francisco

I’ve seen Garrett + Moulton’s The Luminous Edge three times now, and I’ve yet to plumb its deepest currents…

Carly Johnson in Robert Moses' SILT.© RJ Muna. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Moses’ KIN – SILT – San Francisco

The issue Moses explored most successfully in SILT was how to engage audiences more deeply, a topical subject at a time when many people have lost interest in the traditional theatre environment.

Robb Beresford, Babatunji and Michael Montgomery in Biophony.© Quinn B. Wharton. (Click image for larger version)

Alonzo King LINES Ballet – Biophony, Concerto for Two Violins – San Francisco

…for the world premiere of Biophony, King collaborated with the entire natural world….

Josie G. Sadan in The Invention of Wings by Brenda Way and KT Nelson.© Andrew Weeks photography. (Click image for larger version)

ODC/Dance – Dead Reckoning, The Invention of Wings – San Francisco

ODC boasts world-class contemporary dancers, and they moved with weight, intention and a compelling tenderness…

Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks in First Fall by Brian Brooks.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature bill – San Francisco

Ultimately, it mattered less what Whelan and her collaborators were doing, and more that they were doing.

Jeffrey Van Sciver, David Harvey, Robb Beresford, Meredith Webster and Michael Montgomery in Writing Ground.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

Alonzo King LINES Ballet – Concerto for Two Violins, Writing Ground – San Francisco

Quite by accident I ended up seeing LINES Ballet’s fall season twice. A good thing I did, too.

Bill T. Jones and SITI Company – A Rite, /Time:Study 1 – San Francisco

A Rite, in the hands of Jones, Bogart, and Wong, is the most startling and insightful version I have seen…

Aidan DeYoung and Post:Ballet in Robert Dekkers' field the present shifts.© Tricia Cronin. (Click image for larger version)

Post:Ballet – Four Plays: Colouring, Sixes and Seven, When in Doubt, field the present shifts – San Francisco

Dekkers has some interesting ideas for collaborations with composers, visual artists and set designers, which sound good in the program notes but, at best, they remain embryonic on stage.

Jane Rehm and Jonathan Dummar in Petal by Helen Pickett.© Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Chants d’Auvergne, Petal, Jazzin’ – San Francisco

The Smuin Ballet’s current season, Spring Bouquet, has one remarkable flower at its center. The ballet’s title, Petal, hardly does it justice in this metaphor since the work is far beyond the sum of its botanical parts.

Shen Wei Dance Arts in Undivided Divided.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Shen Wei Dance Arts – Undivided Divided – San Francisco

For the past ten years, since I first saw Shen Wei’s Folding, I have been an admirer of this artist’s work.

San Francisco Ballet in McGregor's Borderlands.© Erik Tomasson. (Click image for larger version)

San Francisco Ballet – Borderland (premiere), Suite en Blanc, In the Night – San Francisco

The highly anticipated world premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Borderlands, commissioned by SF Ballet, meets with a standing ovation.

Ana “Rokafella” Garcia.© Yu Wadee.

SF International Hip Hop Dancefest and Clas/sick Hip Hop – San Francisco

Sitting through both a matinée and an evening performance of the 14th Annual San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest on November 18th is the perfect antidote to the memorial service I attended the day before. Both celebrate life…

Zack Tang and Yujin Kim in Constellation.© Margo Moritz. (Click image for larger version)

LINES Ballet – Constellation – San Francisco

Someone who has embodied King’s choreographic essence thoroughly in a few short years is Michael Montgomery. Everything he does feels completely natural, utterly effortless, like a child running freely, exploring his surroundings and his body without self-consciousness.

Norma Fong and Brendan Barthel of Robert Moses' Kin (work unamed). © RJ Muna. (Click image for larger version)

Robert Moses’ KIN Dance Company – ODC and Novellus Theater bills – San Francisco

In a world where choreographers with their own eponymous companies prevail, I am happy to see that Moses sees the value of feeding his dancers a diverse diet of artistic experiences, definitely a situation where everyone wins, audience included.

John Speed Orr and Erin Yarbrough-Stewart in Through. © Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Swipe, Through, Symphony of Psalms – San Francisco

If you prefer ballet in a more intimate space with easily accessible choreography, energetically performed by dedicated dancers …you might want to check out Smuin Ballet which has come a long way from its original roots.

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